July 28, 2004
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. - T.J. Shuart qualified for the 2004 U.S. Amateur Open with rounds of 67 and 72 at Grand Oaks Golf Club in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Shuart, who will be a senior at Loyola in the fall, will compete in the championship at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y. on August 16 - 22.
"I'm very happy for T.J," says Loyola Head Golf Coach Tom Beidleman. "He works very hard and has been playing so well. This is a major accomplishment."
Each sectional qualifier advances its top four golfers to the U.S. Amateur Championship. Shuart placed third in his sectional while Nicholas Thompson (medallist), Brent Blaum and Ed Kenny all move on to Winged Foot with top-four finishes in the South Florida qualifier. Thompson, who will be a senior at Georgia Tech, shot rounds of 64 and 71 to win the tournament, besting Shuart by three strokes.
"The U.S. Amateur Open is obviously a prestigious event," says Beidleman. "T.J. definitely deserves to be a part of it."
Shuart has one of the lowest three-year scoring averages (75) of any golfer in Loyola history. He won the 2004 MAAC Championship, leading the Greyhounds to a second straight title and back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. Shuart also won the Fort Lauderdale Spring Classic to open the 2004 spring campaign.
The U.S. Amateur will take place on both Winged Foot's East and West Golf Courses. Eighteen holes will be played on each course, and after four rounds, the low 64 advance to match play. The Championship itself has produced an impressive list of medallists that include Jack Nicklaus, Lanny Wadkins, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.